Launching Formative Assessment and Differentiation

Focus Area: Formative Assessment and Differentiation


Phase: Launch

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In the cyclical process of formative assessment and differentiation, teachers use assessment measures that are folded into instruction and contribute to learning, partner with students in monitoring and understanding their learning progress, and use assessment data of all types to inform decisions about differentiated instruction. Through this cycle, teachers check student learning, create a culture of feedback, provide learning that meets students’ needs, and close the opportunity gap. In this in-person workshop, participants will learn about practices for student-centered formative assessment and differentiation and build a strategic plan to bring those practices into an upcoming lesson.


This workshop is designed for K-12 educators and support staff.


  • 6 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with Internet access

Learning Experience

  • Define the importance of student-centered formative assessments that create opportunities for learning
  • Explore strategies and tools to assess student learning, use assessment data to make decisions about differentiation, and differentiate content, process, and product
  • Build a strategic plan to incorporate routines for formative assessment and differentiation within classroom practices